MIAMI, Fla. (FNN) – It’s official, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried officially filed to run for Florida governor Tuesday.
The conversation of Fried’s potential gubernatorial run first began in May, after she had already voiced her frustration at the end of the Legislative Session in Tallahassee, slamming Governor Ron DeSantis and the majority-Republican legislature. “This Session has made it clear: the Governor and his legislative allies don’t care about you,” she said.
It’s time to break the rigged, corrupt system in Florida with #SomethingNew.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) June 1, 2021
A Crowded Race
Unless some candidates withdraw, the Democratic primary for governor promises to be a frenzy, with Commissioner Fried joining the other seven candidates. She is the only state elected official to run for the seat, the first woman in this election cycle, and the second prominent Democrat to run after former governor Charlie Crist launched his campaign in May.
Democrat: Charlie Crist, Richard Dembinsky, David Freeman, Jonathan Karns, Amaro Lionheart, Alexander Lundmark, Timothy Mosley
NPA: Kyle Gibson, Franks Hughes, Jr.
Republican: John Mercadante
Following the Money
Florida Politics reports that Fried entered the race with a healthy $1.5 million pot for her campaign through her Florida Consumers First committee while Crist’s Friends for Crist holds $750,000, plus he has an additional $650,000 in a federal account. Governor DeSantis, who hasn’t yet filed for re-election with the Division of Elections, has raised $5 million in May alone and raised $14 million back in April.
Some political analysts speculate that DeSantis will focus on a 2024 presidential run instead of running for re-election, but that remains to be seen.
The saga continues.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com